So, what is this game about? Well it's a turn based exploration game with some RPG elements where you lead a party of pioneers each with different professions, skills and attributes. You start out in a town where you first have to assemble your party from the tavern, plan out and buy equipment you need from the supply store and get yourself a ship. Or two. Then by conversing with different people you get quests, which may be to follow the steps of the previous explorers that never came back and find out what happened, find treasures, compose an accurate map, find contact with unknown native tribes and 'export' religion or simply be the first to disover a piece of the world. You do all that while surviving the harsh environments with seasons that change each bringing with them a different set of challenges, fighting wildlife and tribespeople, finding food and water and trying not to die of dysentery. With each part of the world you discover, you gain access to larger regions further away from home. It's not that you couldn't go there to begin with but you need more men and supplies, which means you need to collect more wealth beforehand.
What else can you do? One crucial, sort of, aspect of the game will be communication. You see, when you encounter an unknown tribe you are not able to understand them because they speak an unknown language. All foreign communication in the game takes place in form of icons/symbols/glyphs that you have to decipher. To make the players life easier, animals and tribes both share the same system. When you see a wolf start to attack you and this certain icon appears over its head you better remember this, because when you interact with some tribes and the same icon appears, you know you better get out of there.
The game is currently very much in progress but check below for playable builds. The game uses only 4 colors. Different seasons have different palettes with different set of colors. As to why, read here
(Build 5, February 25 2013) Download for Windows Download for OS XPrevious versions:
Build 4 (2012-12-03) Download for Windows Download for OS X
Build 3 (2012-09-24) Download for Windows Download for OS X Arch Linux
Build 2 (2012-06-19) Download for Windows Download for Mac
Tech-demo (2012-05-19) Download for Windows Download for Mac
Valve has recently added a Concepts section to Greenlight which is great since Pioneers hasn't developed far enough for full user-evaluation at Greenlight. If you like the game thumbs up and favouriting would be truly appreciated.
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Some mentions of the game I've come across on the web:Rock, paper, shotgunDestructoidPlus 10 Damage
+ InterviewPCGamer magazine news item. Woot!Considerably lengthy summary & review (in German)A indie game blog mention
(in Russian, generated a lot of downloads)First mention in an indie games blog